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ECLIPSED by DANAI GURIRA directed by ILESA DUNCAN


  • Pegasus Theater Chicago 1105 W. Chicago Ave, Ste 202 Chicago, IL 60642 (map)

Gurira’s story is set during the midst of the Second Liberian Civil War and follows the captive ‘wives’ of a rebel army’s Commanding Officer . A girl has recently arrived and the wives protect her in their tiny, dilapidated, shack. Their fragile sisterhood is threatened when a former wife returns from the battlefield. The Girl must choose whether to stay with the women who have done so much for her, or to join the freedom fighter and chart her own destiny as a soldier. With deep emotional strength, brutal honesty, and a surprising amount of humor, the women of Eclipsed fight to do something truly extraordinary: survive.

Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors | $18 Youth (age 13-21) | Group pricing available!

The first play to premiere on Broadway with an all female, black cast and creative team, was inspired by a photo that Gurira saw in The New York Times. “I was raised in Africa and I had never seen anything like it, women with AK-47s, dressed very hip and looking formidable.” she said. “I was keen to one day pursue that story and put it on the stage.” Taking place in a bullet-ridden rebel army camp during the Liberian civil war in 2003, the five “wives” of a commanding officer band together to form a fragile community and care for a 15-year-old girl who has been abducted and raped. The balance of their lives is upset by the return of a former “wife” turned rebel soldier who tries to convince the teen to leave the camp and fight with her. As the war draws to a close, each woman must discover her own personal means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength.

http://pegasustheatrechicago.org/productions/eclipsed/

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Later Event: November 1
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